Leonora Carrington: Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture 1940–1990

Serpentine South Gallery 11 December 1991 — 26 January 1992 Free

This exhibition was the first major retrospective of the paintings, drawings and sculpture of British-born Mexican artist Leonora Carrington.

The retrospective began with a small group of paintings executed in the late 1930s and shown in two Surrealist exhibitions organised by André Breton. The show ended with examples of her latest work, painted in Chicago.

Spanning five decades of Carrington’s work, the exhibition revealed her various stylistic changes, from the elongated figures of her early work which became smaller, more compact and often shrouded, to her colour palette changes. Her inspirational power remained undiminished throughout her illustrious career. She passed away in May 2011.


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